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Tuesday 14 December

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  • Wind turbines set for college campus expressandstar.com

    A scheme for two 413ft high wind turbines at South Staffordshire College’s Rodbaston campus has been given the go ahead by a planning inspector. The college appealed after South Staffordshire District Council turned down the planning application in April for the green belt site. Penkridge resident Bevan Craddock, who objected to the scheme, said the turbines would be built on the Rodbaston estate very close to the M6 Motorway, the canal, and within 1km of the ancient heronry at Gailey and 1km of the local microlight airstrip at Pillaton....


Monday 13 December

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  • Museum plan for Ark Royal attractionsmanagement.com

    Discussions are taking place on plans to preserve HMS Ark Royal and keep the ship at the Royal Docks in east London. Under proposals being considered by the Major of London, the aircraft carrier would become a museum and visitor attraction similar to HMS Belfast, currently anchored in the River Thames near Tower Bridge. ...

  • Wilts & Berks Canal Partnership Wichelstowe in water wiltsandberkscanal.org.uk

    New stretch of Wilts & Berks Canal in water in Dec 2010...

  • West Cheshire College students restoring canal barge to its former glory iccheshireonline.icnetwork.co.uk

    A group of construction students have embarked on an exciting new project at the National Waterways Museum, restoring one of the canal barges to its former glory. The students, who are all taking the painting and decorating BTEC diploma at West Cheshire College, began working at the Ellesmere Port museum at the beginning of October and as well as the barge have been renovating and painting windows, doors, toilets and machinery....


Sunday 12 December

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  • Victory for canal protesters menmedia.co.uk

    The residents of Trafford Grove and surrounding streets were concerned that a £250,000 Bridgewater Canal regeneration project, which would have opened up the canal to their children at both Cross Street and Radnor Street, would also have changed the area for the worse. After their plight was featured in The Advertiser, the residents signed petitions and wrote protest letters to Trafford Council to make them aware of the strength of public opposition to the plans. Now the owner of the Bridgewater Canal, Peel Holdings, has ditched plans making it clear it withdrew because of the strength of feeling among residents ...


Saturday 11 December

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  • Search for Santa in the Dudley caverns stourbridgenews.co.uk

    Children can go searching for Santa in a magical underground world in the illuminated Dudley caverns. Dudley Canal Trust is hosting the trips every half a hour over the next two weekends - 11, 12 and 18 and 19. During the trip families will travel by barge into the decorated caverns to watch the pantomime Cinderella being performed in the Singing Cavern. ...

  • Iconic volunteer post available on the River Trent waterscape.com

    For the first time British Waterways in the East Midlands is recruiting volunteers to be Seasonal Lock Keepers, working at a selection of scenic locks on the River Trent between Newark and Nottingham. The ideal Volunteer Lock Keeper will have an interest in the waterways, enjoy meeting people and like the sound of spending time outdoors in beautiful surroundings. They will be working from March until October and will ideally be able to offer two days a week, though this is flexible. No prior experience is necessary – successful applicants will receive full induction, training and a uniform to equip them for their new role as ‘the face of the waterway’. ...

  • Plans outlined for Wittenham Clumps reserve oxfordmail.co.uk

    Major changes to a two-mile stretch of the River Thames are among ambitious plans for Oxfordshire’s most visited open space. The 700-acre Wittenham Clumps and Little Wittenham Wood near Didcot will benefit from a 500-acre expansion into neighbouring North Farm following a £6m deal. ...


Thursday 9 December

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  • Snow stops Caen Hill tree planting kacanaltimes.blogspot.com

    The tree planting by pupils from Devizes and Rowde School on the Caen Hill Flight on the Kennet & Avon Canal planned for 3rd December has been postponed because of the snow....


Wednesday 8 December

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  • Woman rescued from River Ribble thesun.co.uk

    A woman swims for her life after falling into a freezing river trying to save her dog. As she edged across the ice towards her stricken labrador retriever, it caved in and she plunged into the icy water. ...


Tuesday 7 December

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  • Hundreds of barges stuck in ice in Staffordshire bbc.co.uk

    More than 350 narrow boats are stuck in the ice at a Staffordshire marina. The boats, moored at Barton Marina, near Burton-upon-Trent, have been stuck for days as temperatures have largely remained below freezing. It means boats temporarily moored at the site have been unable to move, while permanent residents have faced problems such as frozen tap water. ...

  • YouTube - PONTCYSYLLTE AQUEDUCT ICE STOPPAGE youtube.com

    Alan Wilding takes a look at how the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is faring during the grip of winter 2010 and finds ice both inside and outside the cast iron trough....

  • Artist needs your help with model of old Shobnall burtonmail.co.uk

    An artist and model maker is hoping recreate a famous Burton scene in time for the return of a national canal festival and is asking people for their memories. David WrightDavid Wright, of Dovedale Models, will be creating a model centrepiece when the Inland Waterways Association’s Festival brings thousands of visitors to the town in July...

  • Man's body pulled from Oxford Canal in Rugby coventrytelegraph.net

    The body of a man in his thirties has been pulled from a freezing canal in Rugby. Police were called to the stretch of the Oxford Canal behind Quarry Close on Saturday morning at 10.50am. Read More http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2010/12/06/man-s-body-pulled-from-oxford-canal-in-rugby-92746-27775043/#ixzz17Q6du3O5...

  • London 2012 Olympics: River Thames set to benefit from tube strike threats and crippling rail network blogs.telegraph.co.uk

    Boat and pier operators, Transport for London and the port of London Authority, among others, have signed an agreement which will see a fully integrated service operate on the Thames during the Olympics...

  • Gloucestershire nature projects awarded lottery grants bbc.co.uk

    Two Gloucestershire wildlife groups have won thousands of pounds of lottery cash. The Waterways Trust will get £10,000 to improve the Stroudwater Canal, with better access for the disabled and removal of vegetation and silt. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust was awarded £9,288 for a project to protect wild daffodils in the Forest of Dean. ...

  • New look for tidal locks data waterscape.com

    The London tidal lock availability leaflet for the River Thames has a new look for 2011. British Waterways produces the guide for boaters moving between the tidal River Thames and the inland waterway network in London. ... In the past British Waterways produced the guide as a printed leaflet which was available at the tidal locks and other information points. However, due to the declining take-up of the printed copies and the expense involved in producing the resource, British Waterways is trialling a new format for 2011. ...

  • The ‘new’ Erie Canal benningtonbanner.com

    Today, 140 years after the Erie Canal was opened, we stand before a new opportunity. High-speed passenger rail service can be our new Erie Canal. Rail service has been around almost as long as the canal (the third oldest rail line, the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad, connected the Erie Canal at Schenectady to Albany in 1831 and tied together their respective rivers). Today, thanks to a potential investment of federal money, look for the next state of the art travel mode: High-speed passenger rail service. ...


Friday 3 December

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  • Warning after Stoke-on-Trent man tries to rescue dog from frozen canal staffs.ac.uk

    Firefighters have issued a warning to people to stay away from frozen rivers and pools after a man risked his life trying to rescue a dog in Stoke-on-Trent. He ran into the canal off Shelton New Road in an attempt to save the animal yesterday afternoon (December 2). Fire crews from Hanley and Newcastle were called after reports of the Boxer dog falling through the ice, but when they arrived the man was already waist-deep in the water. Rescuers were able to pull the man and dog from the water and both were not injured. ...


Wednesday 1 December

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  • Drowning swan in Newbury rescue kacanaltimes.blogspot.com

    A drowning swan was rescued in the centre of Newbury early yesterday afternoon (Thursday) after it got its head stuck in an underwater hole. A passer by pulled the swan out and with the help of a police officer drained the water from the swans lungs and and they then gave it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The swan revived and was later taken to the Swan Lifeline Centre in Eton with only minor damage to its beak....


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